Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Quinn nephew 'will not return'

Peter Darragh Quinn intends to remain in Northern Ireland, his father said
Peter Darragh Quinn

The nephew of bankrupt billionaire Sean Quinn will not be returning to the Irish Republic, his father has revealed.

Peter Darragh Quinn, who was sentenced to jail in his absence last month after failing to turn up at a court in Dublin, intends to remain in Northern Ireland - and out of reach of the civil authorities.

His father Peter, the former GAA president, said his son was not afraid of prison but believes he has no chance of getting "fair play or justice" because of what he claimed was the corrupt way the case had been handled.

Peter Darragh was due to be sentenced on July 20 for contempt of court alongside his cousin, Sean Quinn Jr, who is now in prison after a judge found that all three men hid millions in assets from an Irish bank.

But he failed to turn up and last weekend was seen at two GAA matches in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh - outside the jurisdiction, which means police in Northern Ireland are unable to detain him even though a warrant was issued in Dublin for his arrest.

Peter Quinn told the family's local weekly newspaper, the Enniskillen-based Impartial Reporter, that his son would not be going back. He claimed there was a conspiracy in the Republic against his family and although his son was "under a lot of pressure", they were fully behind him and his decision to stay in Northern Ireland.

Last month, a judge in Dublin ruled that Peter Darragh, along with his uncle Sean Quinn Sr and his cousin Sean Quinn Jr, were in contempt after they put international property worth millions of euros beyond the reach of the former Anglo Irish Bank.

The failed bank was bailed out by Irish taxpayers and is now controlled by the Irish Banking Resolution Company (IBRC).

The IBRC claims the Quinns owe it about 2.5 billion euro (£2 billion) and is trying to recover the money from their property assets on behalf of Irish taxpayers.

Sean Quinn Jr is serving an indefinite sentence in Dublin's Mountjoy prison. His father avoided jail but must co-operate with the IBRC within three months.

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